March 17, 2014

Tillie's Frocks and Fashions at Teatime!

Winter Teatime Conversations!
Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe, is ironing the pinafore that she made for Hitty, after finishing the hem.

At "Tillie Tinkham's Frocks and Fashions"
with Millinery and Tea Room at 863 Park Avenue,
Hitty tries on the pinny.
Tillie, balancing on her rose tuffet, asks Hitty "Would you like some tea?"
Hitty says she would love some!

Whilst having tea, Tillie asks Hitty if she had heard that the Corgyncombe Groundhog had been seen on March 11th sunning herself on a log and moving about in quite an active fashion. Prior to that, she had only been seen on February 22nd when she came out in the sunshine, saw her shadow and acted very stunned by the bright light! Since March 11th, she hasn't been seen at all and it isn't surprising with very cold weather!

Tillie asks Hitty if she would like another cup of tea.
Hitty pours herself another cup and Tillie speaks of the long, hard, cold and blustery winter. She thinks that winter is probably not o'er yet! Tillie remembers hearing, from her cousins on the Tinkham side,  about the Linn tractor snowplow roaring through The Hollow with Diane's Grandfather Shepard on board!

Diane's Grandfather Shepard was a Tinkham descendant himself.
The Tinkhams came from Rhode Island to settle in The Hollow.

The winter of 1939 in The Hollow.

Tillie says, "Alas, spring can be a long time coming at Corgyncombe, and even when you think it has arrived, you might be surprised by a snowstorm in May!

In other happenings at "Tillie Tinkham's Frocks and Fashions"
with Millinery and Tea Room at 863 Park Avenue,
Tillie is making a green vest for Sweet Hitty Sue.
Sweet Hitty Sue tries the vest on so that Tillie can see if any adjustments need to be made.
What a perfect colour for St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all our Dear Readers!

My (Diane's) own great great grandmother Bridget Mulhall emigrated from Ireland in the mid-1800s.
Tonight at supper we will have some Corgyncombe potatoes and give thought to Bridget and our Irish ancestors.

Tillie Tinkham's Sewing Circle Emblem!
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